How to use DLNA to connect a laptop to a television?
I'd recommend PS3 Media Server, it's free and works a treat. I just wrote an article about it for this very website: //www.makeuseof.com/tag/stream-transcode-media-device-ps3-media-server/
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You can also use MediaMonkey on the laptop and stream to various devices. A list of compatible devices is available at http://www.mediamonkey.com/wiki/index.php/Compatible_UPnP/DLNA_Devices .
Windows Media Player 12 supports Media Streaming. It can be used as DLNA server. Videos stored in the Public Video folder can also be accessed or played by any supported DLNA device or player as DLNA server content.
1.Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings. In the Settings screen, in the lower-right corner, click Change PC settings.
2.In the PC Settings screen, click the Devices tab.
3.On the Devices tab, click the + Add a device button.
At the Searching for devices prompt, click to select the device you wish to add to the DLNA network.
You will now be able to see that device from within a DLNA capable application. The computer and the DLNA device must be connected to the same network for this procedure to work. If you are using third-party firewall or security software, you may have to configure it to allow the DLNA server access to your network.
1) open the Metro Control Panel
2) Choose home group and sharing options under Network and Internet
3) select Choose what you want to share, and view the home group password
4) Choose files and devices you want to share. Now click on Next.
5) You will get a password and click Finish
6) click on Allow Devices on this network to access my shared media option.
7) The Media Streaming Options window will open. Choose a name for your Media Library then select Show devices on: All networks and choose your desired settings.
Serviio is a free media server. It allows you to stream your media files (music, video or images) to renderer devices (e.g. a TV set, Bluray player, games console or mobile phone) on your connected home network.